How much credence should we place in the Campaign 2016 polls that put Donald Trump in the Republican lead? They may be useful–especially in determining who takes part in the televised debates–but they don’t tell the whole story. Remember, for example, that it was Michelle Bachmann whose short-term lead in the 2012 race for the White House proved to be a mere blip before she withdrew from the race.
Tales from the Trail
Donald Trump shows a lot of anger. But he’s plenty sad for such a rich guy too, writes facial coding expert Dan Hill. “Trump almost never smiles except to employ skepticism” notes Hill. “It’s like Pixar’s new film Inside Out, which animates a little girl’s five core emotions — joy, anger, disgust, fear and sadness. Kill off joy (or happiness), and you begin to get the picture when it comes to Trump.”
Yes, there are pantsuits to wear. And babies to kiss. And corn to buy as you schmooze with the locals. If you’ve ever wondered about life for a frontrunning presidential candidate, take a look at our slideshow of Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail.
When it comes to the polls, Donald Trump is the man of the moment. The outspoken presidential aspirant moved to the top of the 2016 Republican presidential field in a CNN poll released on Sunday. A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll found a similar surge for Trump, with the businessman surging into the lead for his party’s nomination. The survey found that he had almost twice the support of his closest rival, just as he ignited a new controversy after making disparaging remarks about Sen. John McCain’s Vietnam War service. Significantly, support for Trump fell sharply on the one night that voters were surveyed by the Washington Post-ABC following those comments.